Dare with concentrated focus was my purpose in writing Lovers Lies and Liles. My focus was concentrated on describing abuse of persons I witnessed for fourteen years, in my life and in others. I wished every day for relief. Writing the three parts of Lovers Lies and Lilies Part One was done from what I remembered as a child depressed by daily abuse in my home and in lives of friends who told about how they were affected by domestic abuse. Couple that circumstance with daily living in a society ruled by strength of hurtful people. These words are the start of the fictional novel Lovers Lies and Lilies Part One. Published on Smashwords, Calvin isn’t breathing, Sarah cried into the telephone. I think I may have killed him. I―
First, if he is dead, I am not sorry. Second, I will not miss his abusive, worthless ass. Third, you did not cause his death. You did not have control of the situation. You were not responsible. So, get a grip on reality and be calm. It is not your fault.
Dare with concentrated focus on being the best person life allows all humans to possibly be, write as one. My focus has been to write using the best resources I could gather. Searching for and finding is difficult without having the truth which is not always present. Focus on writing fiction makes the memories less glaring and more palatable.
Those thoughts were less pronounced during the days spent deciding what extent of truth I should allow. Lovers Lies and Lilies Part One is published at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/424666
Read to have knowledge of the question about Sarah causing Calvin’s death? What will be the repercussions? Will Sarah suffer a prison sentence? Murder in the 1940’s ended with the death of the person who was found to be guilty and judiciously sentenced.
No one can give you a guide to aid in your writing. The feeling may come as if you are walking on a rope bridge suspended swaying and shaking over a deep chasm. Take comfort in the knowledge of your safe boundaries. Dare with concentrated focus to learn everything possible about the subject and characters of your own creation. No one will be looking over your shoulder while you imagine how your creation will evolve. The words are yours, in the form you choose and with the manuscript in the final stage only one person will take pride that you did what no one else has done. You completed a novel that is totally your own creation. Enjoy the time you need to read the manuscript as if it was given to you to discover. Follow that reading time with a return to being the author and make changes, then rewrite each sentence with emphasis on sentence structure. A second search with emphasis on punctuation will be a necessary drudgery, followed by another time of careful reading and needed improvements.
Dare with concentrated focus and remind yourself to let the initial work continue to live with tiny imperfections that if corrected will change the message or meaning. Only you will be completely satisfied with the final product. The editor will work as a totally uninterested party. The job the editor is assigned and the attitude that person will take is one of the harsh realities of the literary business. Do not lose the initial manuscript, from individual installments of daily added portions of start to finish. If you write on a personal computer, buy a USB flash drive to save your work. I use two and the PC download or document features.
Back to the concept of daring. What is the story you have forever wanted to read, but could not find? Dare with concentrated focus to write it.
Dare with concentrated focus on finding diversity inside the scope of your total capabilities.
I love these quotes of Albert Einstein, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.’
‘Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.’
My favorite quote is Wayne Gretzky , ‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Even though there is only a 1-5 percent probably of scoring’. “You can’t score if you don’t shoot” and “You can’t hit the ball if you don’t swing” were quotes I feel are important because they deal with true to life opportunities. Every writer should have the three quotes where they can be read and expressed and above all acted on with a vengeance.
The words have been used many times by people who always took the opportunity to make an honest effort.
You should dare with determination to fully use your imagination. Dare with concentrated focus to be excellent. Daring can lead to a great beginning of a story such as, When a woman suddenly appeared in his headlights, Clay Myerson slammed down on the brake pedal and pushed the clutch in to stop the Oldsmobile. The poker game in Palm Grove lasted until after midnight and he had not met a single car during the drive to his house on Hurricane Bay. The reader should question why and what and how instinctively and forge ahead in reading to have the answers. The written words to follow will give the answers and lead the reader to ask other questions throughout the reading experience